Council News - Thursday 2 July 2015

Latest News from Mayor John McMahon

On Friday Councillors along with our Works and Engineering Director, Chris Schumacher and General Manager, Alan Cairney will inspect Arkstone Road. This follows concerns raised by Councillor Francis on behalf of residents about the safety of B-Doubles using this road.  The residents claim the road is too narrow and sight distances are not good enough to safely interact with B-Doubles along this road. Small vehicle drivers claim to have been forced to the edge of the road in order to avoid a collision.   

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Oberon Police and Council are concerned with the increased use of the drug ice in our community.  Council Staff were involved in the clean up of discarded needles and syringes and other drug related material last week. The frequency of Parks and Gardens staff finding needles is becoming all too common and is of great concern to parents of younger children who may pick up discarded equipment.  Police are asking the community to be vigilant and inform them of any suspicious behaviour.

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Council has submitted our Fit for the Future Submission to IPART for their determination. The preparation of this submission has taken an extensive amount of work by Council Management Staff and Councillors. Our external auditors Crowe Horwath have also completed an extensive evaluation of our ability to meet the benchmarks. We believe Oberon will be deemed as “fit for the future” as a stand alone Local Government Area.

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The Oberon Community Strategic Plan 2015 was adopted by Council at an Extraordinary Meeting held last Thursday 25 June 2015.  A copy of the final documents adopted by Council is available from the Council Administration Centre or from our website www.oberon.nsw.gov.au.

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Oberon Council lost one of its long term well respected employees last week. David King passed away suddenly at his home, which was totally unexpected. He leaves behind his wife Anne-Maree and children David Jnr and Steph. David was a dedicated and loyal employee of Oberon Council and will be sadly missed by his fellow work mates and the Council staff.

Mayor John McMahon